The holidays are a time for family, fun, and food! But if you're not careful, all that holiday cheer can quickly turn into a plumbing nightmare. Here are four tips to help you avoid any plumbing problems this holiday season.
Don't pour grease down the drain.
During the holidays, we cook more than usual, so there's more grease and fat going down the drain. Unfortunately, when grease cools, it can solidify and cause problems further down the line. To avoid a clogged drain, scrape all of the grease and fat off your plates into the trash before washing them.
Don't put stringy or starchy items down the garbage disposal.
Stringy or starchy items like celery, potato peels, and chicken skins can get wrapped around the blades of your garbage disposal and cause it to jam. To avoid a messy situation (and a call to the plumber), scrape items into the trash before putting them down the disposal.
Don't pour coffee grounds down the sink.
Coffee grounds can build up in your drains and cause clogs. Instead of pouring them down the sink, toss them in the trash or compost them.
Don't flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet.
We've all heard horror stories about toilets getting clogged with things like dental floss, feminine hygiene products, and baby wipes—and for a good reason! These items don't break down easily and can cause serious plumbing problems. To avoid a nasty (and costly) situation, only flush toilet paper down the toilet—nothing else!
Taking a few simple precautions can help you avoid any plumbing problems this holiday season. So, enjoy your family, friends, and all that holiday cooking—just be sure to do it in a way that won't stress out your drains!